Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tire Review

Michelin MXV4

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 is available for most passenger cars and SUV’s. It’s an All-Season tread pattern and compound, but what I find interesting about this tire is it really doesn’t look like what I would consider an All-Season tread pattern. Which is probably why the tire lasts so long.

If you want to make sure Mamma and the kids are safe, this is your tire right here! Consumer survey results at one major online tire retailer rated it number 1.

Warranty 60,000 Miles
Treadwear 620
Traction A
Temperature A
Speed Rating H

Workmanship & Materials Warranty:  6 Years/60,000 miles / Free replacement for first 2/32″ of wear, then prorated to 2/32″.

Against other tires in the Grand Touring All-Season tire category, the Michelin rated best in ride and handling qualities. Same thing with dry handling, the MXV4 ranked number 1.  The only place this tire ranked #2 was in wet handling behind the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity.  Watch video to verify.

What Others Are Saying

“Our gas mileage increase 4 miles per gallon after installing a set”

Pros:

  • Excellent wet and dry grip
  • low road noise
  • long tread life
  • great snow and ice traction.

99% of the feedback for the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is from folks who rate this as an excellent tire that they would buy again.  A lot of people said they got 70,000 plus miles out of set. And a few said they only changed tires because winter was coming.

Cons: There’s always somebody who’d complain, even if they were hung with a new rope. That guy only rated the tire at 2 stars and said he liked his Michelin Hydro Edge’s better. If you have had poor results with this tire, feel free to post your results in the comments below.  Now that I think about it, the guy has legitimate criticism if he lives somewhere that gets a 100 inches of rain a year. He probably should go with the Hydro Edge instead.

Buy or Don’t Buy? Yes. I would buy these tires for my wife’s Honda.  Being the top rated tire against 19 others, there’s not really a lot I need to say here other than just buy them. They’ll be just fine.  And, they’ll cost less money over all. Cheaper tires always cost more money to run over time. You’ll pay a little more up front for Michelins, but you’ll save a ton of dough in the long run.

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Tire Review

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

The Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 is a maximum performance summer tire. Some of the first Pilot Sport PS2 O.E. fitments included the BMW Alpina Z8, McLaren SLR and Porsche GT2 & GT3 models. If it’s good enough for them, it’s probably good enough for you. I know it is for me.

What Actual Users Have To Say

Best high performance tire on the market. Worth the price. I spend a fair amount if time on the track with this car and these tires are the best I’ve had. I have tried so-3’s, ADVAN, pzero, ps1s couple models also but none were as good as these.-TireRack reviewer.

The Pilot Sport PS2 combines world-class dry road traction, handling and cornering plus:

  • Excellent dry traction
  • Excellent cornering stability
  • Excellent steering response

Be sure to check out our Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Runflat review. if you’re pondering whether or not you should just buy an all season tire instead.

The PS 2’s are a great choice if you’re looking for a sticky tire with great handling characteristics, ride and low noise qualities.  If I owned a Vette, BMW or something even more exotic, I’d put Michelin Runflats on in a heart beat. Forget messing with flats on the side of the road. What’s you’re time worth?

And don’t take my word for it, a fellow shop owner here in town who specializes in all things Corvette, just put a new set on his Z06 and loves them. He also upgraded the wheels from 18 & 19 inch to 19 & 20 inch.  I shot this video in the shop after I got done setting up the alignment, one thing I forgot to mention in the video, the ride quality is excellent, which kind of surprised me seeing how low the profile of the rear tires are. Usually when they’re that low, the ride is crap. No so in this case.

The owner of this car says he loves the way his car drives now.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

If your ride positively, absolutely has to stick like glue in a corner. These baby’s are for you. No compromises here.
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Pirelli Scorpian Zero Tire Review

The Pirelli Scorpian Zero is developed from the P Zero performance tires, the Scorpion Zero is a Street/Sport Truck All-Season tire for sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The Scorpion Zero was designed to provide year round traction and handling for drivers who operate their light truck vehicles primarily on-road in various weather conditions, including very occasional light snow.

My experience has been tires that look like this tread parttern tend to be pretty noisy after they get to the half way mark of their life.

This tire is number 12 out of 13 in the Street/Sport truck all season tire survey section at Tirerack. That should tell you something right there.

Buy or Don’t Buy?
I wouldn’t buy these for my own personal vehicle. No way, no how. Why? The tread pattern. I’ve seen too many noisy tires with similar designs. The older I get, the quieter I want it. Instead of this tire, I’d look at the

Check out the Yokohama Prada Spec X instead.

Pirelli PZero Nero Tire Review

Pirelli PZero Nero is a high performance summer tire not intended to be driven in snow or on ice, these technologically advanced ultra low profile, high speed tires combine computer developed design and high tech manufacturing techniques to produce excellent wet and dry handling in a high performance summer tire.

This tire rates number 1 out of 29 other tires in the  maximum performance summer category consumer survey at a major online tire retailer.

Features:

Excellent wet traction
Excellent dry traction
Hydroplaning resistance
Ride comfort
Low noise


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Dunlop Rover M-T Maxx Traction Tire Review

Update: March 2012- It looks like this tire has been discontinued. Too bad, it was a great tire. Check out the Goodyear Duratrac as it’s a good replacement.

Dunlop Rover M-T Maxx Traction
Dunlop Rover M-T Maxx Traction

The  Dunlop Rover M-T Maxx Traction is designed to be a workhorse.  If you’re looking for an excellent load range “E” mud and snow tire, the Rover MT Maxx Traction fits the description.

Users of this tire report nothing but glowing comments about how well it works in mud, snow and rain and it’s lower price than other tires in  the On-/Off-Road Commercial Traction category.

Another benefit to this tire is the lack of road noise.  Below is a video where I test drove a Dodge Ram that had a set Rover’s installed and I was really impressed by how quiet they are considering the style of tread.

 

 


Snow Tire Rated:

This tire bears the Severe Service Emblem denoting that it is suitable for use in severe winter conditions. Tires bearing this symbol will provide better winter performance than tires only bearing the M+S rating.

Consumer Survey Results

The Rover MT Maxx Traction was rated number 3 behind the Goodyear DuraTrac and the BFGoodrich Commercial TA in one online tire retailers survey.

It was the highest rated tire when it came to:

  • Deep Snow Traction
  • Would Buy Again
  • Treadwear

Getting The Most Life Out Of These Tires

Regular tire rotation is the secret to getting the most life out of this type of tire. The blocks on the edges of the front tires  tend to round if you don’t. Keep’em aired up and rotated and you’ll get the most miles possible. And leave the alignment alone if the old tires wore even.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better tire at any price in this category. Unlike the other 2 tires that are rated slightly higher, there is no negative feedback about this tire at the time of this writing. Absolutely I’d buy these.  I think they’re the best tire in their class, contrary to the survey results.

 

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires

Replacing runflat Corvette tires? Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar EMT’s come stock on Corvettes and pretty much everyone agrees they suck.  A better choice for your Vette is the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP if you’re looking for a great all around tire.

Most owners of the original Goodyear’s don’t have anything nice to say about them. Based on real consumer feed back, I’d recommend going with Michelin’s PS2 instead or Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 if you’re into maximum performance.  If you’re like most of us and would like the most performance you can get without having to give up too much in tire life and over all cost, watch the video below.

A friend and former employee of mine who runs a super cherry C-5 and is so anal about how his car performs, made this video for me. He’s running Michelin Pilot Sport AS Runflats.

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires | Real Consumer Video

There are a lot of different tires on the market for replacing runflat Corvette tires, the brand and model of tire that you choose obviously will have a lot to do with how much you pay.

If money is no object, I would go with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP. If you only want to put the cheapest tire you can find on the car, then I would buy the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110.

Michelin makes two different models of tire for the Corvette that I’m aware of, the Pilot Sport PS2 and the Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP. From what I’ve read everybody loves both the PS2 and the A/S. The PS2 is a maximum performance summer tire and the AS is an ultra high performance all season tire. While the AS won’t stick as well as the PS2 will, it probably will last twice as long according to the uniform tire quality guide and it has a 45,000 mile rating. Read our review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S ZP here.

They’re other tires that are more middle of the road price and performance wise, such as theBFGoodrich G Force T/A KDW 2 which is a whole lot less money than the Michelin but not a whole lot more than the Hankook Ventus V12 evo k110. I’ve always liked BFGoodrich because they always seem to make good tires.

The BFGoodrich has a very distinct looking tread pattern and once you warm them up, I hear they stick pretty good. But like the Goodyears, they tend to be pretty noisy. So noisy in fact, that a couple of guys I know said they sound like the car has a bad wheel bearing.

Firestone also makes a Corvette tire, the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT Tire . It’s a lot less than the Michelin’s but it’s more than the BFGoodrich tire. The good news about the Firestone tire is I can’t find anything bad about it as far as noise goes or anything else for that matter. Probably a good choice for an average daily driver price and performance wise.

Replacing Runflat Corvette Tires With A Super Sticky Street Tire

There’s one more tire we should talk about for the Vette, the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. Even if you’re car is running up to 500 HP you’ll have to work to break these loose. They’re that sticky according to a few reports that I’ve read.

When replacing runflat Corvette tires you don’t have to put runflats back on, but if you get a flat you’re going to have to call a tow truck because as you probably know, cars that come with runflats don’t have spare tires.  Personally, if I was replacing runflat Corvette tires, I’d stay with runflats.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

I would never put the Goodyear’s that came stock on the car back on. Just too noisy and too short of tread life for the amount of money they cost. I’d go with the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP runflat personally, because they stick better, last longer and ride quieter than the Goodyears. If I was looking for more longevity, I’d go with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP.

If you have your heart set on Goodyear run flats. Check Amazon for them.